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Tomorrow – Sunday 26 October – a thousand different varieties of apples will be on display in London’s Borough Market marking a millennium of trading on this site. Apples are the one food that exists in a thousand different varieties and so perfect for this historic anniversary. It all happens tomorrow when the market stages its Apple Day Festival.

The apples come from the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale in Kent where over two thousand different varieties are grown. For more information see: Borough Market

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Vietnamese 'Apple'

Vietnamese ‘Apple’

I send you a picture of our small Vietnamese apple. You see the coin they put next to them to show the size of the fruits. It has only one seed. Literally translated from Vietnamese, its name means apple, but it is not an apple but another type of fruit? Can anyone tell me what kind of fruit it is and why it is called an ‘apple’?

Trang Pham

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Ames apple

Ames apple

I would be interested in hearing if anyone knows of the existence of the American apple Ames, other than the trees held in National Fruit Collection at  Brogdale, Kent  and at Royal Horticultural Society garden at Wisley, Surrey. I think this cultivar might be extinct in the USA, and possibly everywhere except Brogdale and Wisley.

Bob Lever

Photograph kindly supplied by Peter Laws and Fruit ID

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Dutch Morello cherry in blossom

Dutch Morello cherry in blossom

I planted a morello cherry (free standing) on the top corner of my front lawn, in Spring of this year (2014). There are now quite a few straggly ‘branches’, which I am tempted to cut back but I’m sure this is not what I should do. I believe this tree should not be pruned for the first year or so. Also what is the best way to enrich to soil around it over winter. Advice please.

Sandra Bury

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Last autumn we bought two apples trees – Red Falstaff and James Grieve – and one pear tree – Concorde – and they have not thrived this year. All had blossom and fruit, most of which we removed because of the weight on the branches, but all three have had diseases and grown in a distorted way. The apples grew tall lanky branches and have suffered from leaf miner, losing most of their leaves early, while the pear had pear mite/midge and the leaves went curly. I know apples need to be pruned in winter, and the lanky branches need to be reduced, but we also need to be sure that all three trees make a better start next year. They are growing quite close to a fence, and there seems to be a mass of wood lice around which eat the pumpkins, but may not have anything to do with the trees. The Red Falstaff is trying valiantly and had had two bouquets of blossom this autumn as well as in the spring.

Linda Le Merle

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